Between January & April of 2010, I was kindly given permission to take photographs of the Hospital buildings & sprawling Grounds, with the main aim to record and document as much as I could before the Hospital closed it's doors for the final time.
I was shown the many Ward / Villa buildings, known as "Houses", the grand Administration Building & Reception, the Workshops, Laundry & Kitchens, the mighty Water Tower and Boiler House, the light and airy Corridors,
not forgetting the Great Hall and the beautiful St. Luke's Chapel. It was even possible to see the outlying Ward buildings,
which have been closed for many years -albeit from the outside only, for Health & Safety reasons.
The Grounds which surround the Hospital are spacious, and still retain their elegance, and whilst wandering around this vast acreage
as Winter gave way to Spring, I was struck by how peaceful it was, even though the A130 is nearby.
It's easy to see why, since Runwell Hospital admitted it's first Patients in 1936, it quickly became widely recognised as a leading Hospital in Britain. The design of the buildings still look remarkably modern and fresh, and the layout still works well.
Of course, the key to the success of Runwell Hospital was, and still is, the Staff who cared for, and treated those who needed help,
as well as those who kept the Hospital running from day-to-day.
Although the last Patients were transferred out of the Hospital last year, I was fortunate enough to have met some of the Staff, who in turn spared some time to share many of their memories. I feel that I must again thank all those at SEPT for their help. First of all; the Project Management Office -for giving their permission to visit the Hospital (a "few" times more than originally planned!) My sincere thanks & appreciation also to the "Chief" Maintenence man, who gave-up so much of his time to give me the "Grand Tour" of the Hospital. From beneath the Boiler Room to above Administration in the Clock Tower, his knowledge and enthusiasm of the Hospital is almost endless, and he was more than happy to give me his recollections. To those who I had the priveledge of meeting & chatting with, in particular from the Work's Department -thank you for your time!
Duncan Stewart -may, 2010
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